The Ultimate Cholesterol Levels Quiz
by Staff
Understanding your cholesterol levels can be confusing. There's no need to feel confused any longer. Learn more about the different types of cholesterol and how they affect your health. Take this quiz and discover the true meaning of high cholesterol.

What are the different cholesterol levels called?

  • LDL and HDL
  • chylomicrons and VLDL
  • both of the above

How is cholesterol measured?

  • grams per liter
  • milligrams per deciliter
  • milligrams

What do most cholesterol tests measure?

  • total amount of cholesterol in the blood
  • LDL and HDL levels
  • both of the above

What does your blood look like if you have high cholesterol?

  • clear like serum
  • cloudy and creamy
  • deep red and opaque

What is the function of bad (LDL) cholesterol?

  • It's used to make vitamin D and steroid hormones.
  • It carries cholesterol to cells throughout the body.
  • both of the above

Why is LDL cholesterol called “bad” cholesterol?

  • LDL cholesterol is responsible for artery blockage.
  • LDL cholesterol can remain in the bloodstream.
  • both of the above

What happens to your cells when there is too much LDL cholesterol in your body?

  • The number of LDL receptors on cell membranes increases.
  • The number of LDL receptors on cell membranes decreases.
  • Cell membranes begin to deteriorate.

What is the single most important risk factor in developing coronary heart disease?

  • high LDL cholesterol
  • morbid obesity
  • genetics

What is hypercholesterolemia?

  • high cholesterol due to obesity
  • high cholesterol due to genetic factors
  • both of the above

If you have low HDL cholesterol levels, what is your risk of developing coronary heart disease?

  • 8 times more likely
  • 10 times more likely
  • 20 times more likely

How can you improve your HDL cholesterol levels?

  • moderate alcohol consumption
  • regular exercise
  • both of the above

Recent research has begun to speculate that HDL cholesterol is not always “good”. What may be a health consequence of high HDL levels?

  • artery wall deterioration
  • inflammation
  • liver cirrhosis

How many different apolipoproteins exist in your body?

  • two
  • three
  • five

What apolipoprotein blood test should you absolutely have?

  • a blood test that measures all five apolipoproteins in your bloodstream
  • a blood test that compares apo B and apo A1 levels
  • a blood test that measures apo B

What is non-HDL cholesterol?

  • LDL cholesterol
  • VLDL and LDL combined
  • elevated triglyceride levels

What other apolipoprotein predicts onset of coronary heart disease?

  • apo C
  • apo D
  • apo E

Why should you have your lipoprotein (a) or Lp(a) tested?

  • Its associated with thrombosis.
  • Its associated with plaque formation.
  • both of the above

What does high triglyceride levels predict?

  • metabolic syndrome
  • coronary heart disease
  • both of the above

At what age should your doctor routinely test your cholesterol levels?

  • 20 years old
  • 30 years old
  • 40 years old

What are normal LDL and HDL levels?

  • LDL should fall below 100 and HDL should be around 60.
  • LDL should fall below 150 and HDL should be around 70.
  • LDL should fall below 200 and HDL should be around 80.